There are quite a few Bat-titles coming out this week and two of them were voted by you as the MOST WANTED. Batman Beyond Unlimited, Li’l Gotham, and Teen Titans are getting thrown to the wayside, however. I’m lightening my load a bit so I can get to other things– plus I’ve already reviewed Li’l Gotham when it was in digital form and I never touch Teen Titans. I really don’t recommend anyone read that one, but I digress…

Here are the review comics coming out this week, May 22nd, graded on a scale of my own anticipation.

Hell no!  –   I’d rather not   –   Ambivalent  –  Interested  –  TAKE MY MONEY

Scroll to the bottom of the page and post in the comments section what books you’re most looking forward to this week!

May 22nd

Talon8

TALON #8

Written by JAMES TYNION IV
Art by MICHAEL SEPULVEDA
Cover by GUILLEM MARCH
1:25 B&W Variant cover by GUILLEM MARCH
On sale MAY 22 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

Anticipation Level:   TAKE MY MONEY!!!

Spoiler
Is Calvin really dead or isn’t he? Will he be revived as an undead Talon like all the others?
Obviously, if I had to put something in spoiler tags, that means something pretty important could be going down in this issue. And with Bane playing a major role and actually being well written for a change, I think that Talon #8 is a must-read. The whole series has been a load of fun. If you want action and a great sense of adventure,you should look to the entire run of Talon and the past 2 issues of Nightwing.

BatmanTDK20

BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT #20

Written by GREGG HURWITZ
Art and cover by ETHAN VAN SCIVER
1:25 B&W Variant cover by ETHAN VAN SCIVER
On sale MAY 22 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

Anticipation Level:   Interested

I was rather annoyed with how predictable the Alice-kidnapping plot went in the last issue and the whole arc in general is running too long, but Mad Hatter killed so many people in the final pages of last month’s installment that I can’t help but be curious as to how Batman and the rest of Gotham responds to all of this.

BatmanInc11

BATMAN, INCORPORATED #11

Written by GRANT MORRISON & CHRIS BURNHAM
Art and cover by JORGE LUCAS
Variant cover by GUILLEM MARCH
1:100 B&W Variant cover by CHRIS BURNHAM
On sale MAY 22 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Combo pack edition: $3.99 US

Anticipation Level:   Ambivalent

We’re SO close to the end (wraps up in issue #13 and a special in August) and there’s SO much happening in this comic that you would think that every issue would count, right? The last couple of issues have been rather cluttered and chaotic because there’s too much going on and too many characters. And after the last issue ended with Batman equipping every weapon he has to bring down Talia and Heretic once and for all, I’m pretty disappointed to learn that this issue is walking away from all of that. Batman, Incorporated #11 is supposed to showcase many of the characters we saw in issue #0, with a special emphasis on Batman Japan. Since issue #0 is easily my least favorite of the New 52 run of Batman, Inc. I can’t say I’m that excited for this comic.

JusticeLeague20

JUSTICE LEAGUE #20

Written by GEOFF JOHNS
Art and cover by IVAN REIS and JOE PRADO
Backup story art by GARY FRANK
Variant cover by HOWARD PORTER
1:100 B&W Variant cover by IVAN REIS and JOE PRADO
On sale MAY 22 • 40 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T
Combo pack edition: $4.99

Anticipation Level:   Interested

It’s the prologue to Trinity War, which will be a very big event for all of the DC Universe this summer, but most importantly, issue #20 is the penultimate chapter of Shazam. I really love Shazam.

 

Graphic Novel Watch!

There aren’t any Batman graphic novels coming out this week. That’s a good thing. For me anyway. Maybe now Jim Gordon can approve the graphic novel review he so rudely pocketed in last week’s Upcoming Comics article. Oh well, I printed another copy of the Black Mirror review and decided that if I want some helpful feedback to ensure it’s worth posting for all you readers anxiously awaiting this piece, I need to go straight to the source with it. That’s right, I’m going to have Batman read it! I mailed it a couple days ago in a really nice hand-written letter with a lovely envelope and everything. I’m sure he’s jotting down a few notes for me right now and we should have that article posted right here on the website any day…

Alfred Burning

OH COME ON!!!